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Copyright Guide

This is a guide to copyright information and issues for Spalding University faculty and students prepared by Spalding University Library. Information in this library guide does not supply legal advice nor is it intended to replace the advice of legal co

Why Copyright?

If you have successfully defended your thesis or dissertation, you might consider registering your work with the U.S. Office of Copyright. Registering with the U.S. Office of Copyright establishes your claim to the copyright for your dissertation/thesis and provides certain protections if your copyright is violated. Because of the availability of content on the open web via repositories and other avenues, registering for U.S. copyright can be a significant benefit for the protection of your work. By registering for U.S. copyright, you can protect your dissertation or thesis and become immediately eligible for statutory damages and attorney fees. Registering for copyright allows for the claimant to receive statutory damages set out in Title 17, Section 504 of the U.S. Code, which range from $750 - $150,000 USD plus attorney fees per copyright infraction. This contrasts with those who do not register for copyright - authors without copyright registration can claim only actual damages and no attorney fees.